Basketball Closes Season with Quarterfinal Loss to Catholic High
The Jesuit basketball team fell in a hard-fought battle to Catholic High (B.R.) on Friday, March 1, in the Gayle and Tom Benson Arena. The 58-45 loss in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs concludes the Jays’ 25-7 season.
The Jays struggled offensively in both of the opening quarters, passing the first two minutes of each period without a basket. Poor shooting percentage and a bevy of turnovers kept Jesuit from establishing a rhythm in the first half. Elijah Morgan finally broke down the Bears’ defense in the final minute of the 1st Quarter to score back-to-back layups and nearly even the score. Noah Varnado broke the scoring drought in the 2nd Quarter with a game tying 3-pointer from the top of the key. Some valuable minutes by Nick Artigues kept the score even until the last few minutes of the half when Catholic expanded the lead to six points.
The Jays and Bears were about even on scoring in the 3rd Quarter, but the final quarter saw an explosion of play-making by Catholic with which Jesuit simply could not keep pace. Other than a few key shots that found the net for the Jays, the Jesuit team never quite cracked the code for breaking down Catholic’s half-court defense. Most of the game was much closer in score than the 58-45 outcome, but Catholic controlled the tempo and momentum throughout the game.
Through the Lens…
By the Numbers…
|Elijah Morgan (#10)||18 points|
|Nick Artigues (#2)||9 points|
|Noah Varnado (#23)||8 points|
|Kyle Haupt (#3)||7 points|